Something new to worry about...
Guardian 29 January 2016
Many women across Latin America have been advised to avoid pregnancy amid fears that the rapidly spreading Zika virus may cause severe brain defects in unborn babies. But with abortion illegal across most of the region, there are few options for those who are already pregnant.
Meanwhile the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel guidance for pregnant American women and women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, warning them to avoid visiting places where the virus is currently circulating.
It lists 22 countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission in the Americas: Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
Abortion has been a crime in Mexico since at least 1931, and is punishable with three to eight years in prison. Criminal penalties are waived only for abortion after rape where the pregnant woman’s life would be endangered.